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Shooting victim Marie Jaqueline Janvier is shown in this Facebook image.

By all accounts bright and kindhearted, Marie Janvier was working as a school tutor in La Loche and had plans to go on to university. Instead, her life was cut short by a gunman at La Loche Community School on Friday.

Ms. Janvier had been on the job as usual when she was killed, leaving a community and extended family to absorb the shock. Ms. Janvier had been working at the high school as a teacher's aide since last September, two years after her own graduation.

Daven Janvier, who says he lived with Marie at his grandmother's house and describes her as his sister, recalled a 21-year-old who was caring and devoted to her work.

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"She was always on time, always there in the morning and afternoon, everyday, since Day 1," he said by text message on Sunday. "She was always happy, always had a smile."

Mr. Janvier said he had "no idea" if she was targeted or happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Like many others in the remote community, he was devastated by the loss. "I can't believe it happened, I just can't," he said.

Deegan Park, her boyfriend of three years, said he would have given up the rest of his life just to spend another year with her.

"I grew up not a good guy, but she turned me right," Mr. Park said. "She was that much of a great person to turn me right from all the wrongdoings I used to do … she was a fantastic person."

Marie Janvier was a good student during her school years in La Loche, and was thrilled when she got a job in teaching, a friend said. The job seemed like a natural extension of her skills in high school. Fluent in both English and Dene, she had many friends, and wouldn't hesitate to help them. She wasn't beyond some lighthearted behaviour, and was known to have brought a pet chicken to school.

Former teacher Bryan Chappell recalls a pupil who was "bright, fun and sharp."

"She would do her work and do it really well," Mr. Chappell said in an interview. "I think she would have been an excellent teacher. She had a sense of humour and was kind, and she was able to bring out the best in people. A good teacher cares about other people. She did. She would help other students."

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With a report from The Canadian Press

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